Twists in Kessingland skatepark saga

The on-going saga of whether a north Suffolk village should get a skateboard park for its young people took several fresh twists last night.

There is strong support from people in Kessingland, near Lowestoft, for a skateboard and BMX park to be set up on the Francis Road playing field.

But the lease owners, the charitable Kessingland Sports and Social Club (KSSC) opposes the plans for the land, which is actually owned by the pro-park parish council.

Last night the parish council agreed to write to the Charity Commission over the way the KSSC has rebuffed the increasing demands for the park.

The council will say KSSC's constitution is ignoring the lease document, which says a council representative should sit on its committee.

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The council is also challenging KSSC objections that the park would only be for the exclusive use of skateboarders and BMXers – when the KSSC already grants exclusive use of part of the site to a football team.

If the letter fails, the council might launch legal action to revoke the playing field lease, which the KSSC is said to pay �1 a year for.

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The meeting was told that everyone in the village is entitled to attend the next KSSC annual general meeting at 10am on April 30.

As previously reported, the KSSC objects to the skatepark being sited on the Francis Road site as it says it would have to fund maintenance and insurance and there was another site in the village suitable for it.

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